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Are you interested in a possible career as a professional genealogist? Want to learn how the pros approach genealogy research or tackle tough ethical situations? The APG's live webinars are open free to the public. Registration information for our upcoming webinars is included below.

Missed a webinar? Recordings of five+ years of past webinars are available to APG members as a benefit of membership. We would love to have you join us!


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Pre-PMC Webinar
Monday, 25 June 2018

8:00p.m. EDT

Within a 60-Mile Radius: Kansas City–The Midwest Gateway to Genealogical Resources
Presenter: Kathleen Brandt

Registration required:

From New York to California, Louisiana to the Plains, the Great Lakes to the Gold Rush, Virginia to Missouri's Little Dixie counties, or Pennsylvania to the Missouri Rhineland, our ancestors migrated through the Kansas City (KC) area using waterways, the stagecoach, overland trails, and the early railroad. They left behind a wealth of original documents, manuscripts, diaries, and journals. Within A 60-Mile Radius uncovers "must-visit" repositories that house original records, collections, and manuscripts. Researching within a 60-mile radius from the center of KC, researchers will discover what Kansas City has to offer the professional genealogists.

About the Presenter: Kathleen Brandt, a3Genealogy, is an international professional genealogist, specializing in brick wall research with a special interest in historical migration patterns and Missouri repositories. She is a premier presenter in the state of Missouri and midwestern states. In 2017 Kathleen was the Keynote Speaker for Missouri State Genealogical Association, Columbia, MO; Kansas-Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library and Topeka Genealogical Society; and Indiana State Library Genealogy-Local History Fair. She volunteers for the following: Midwest Genealogy Center, Independence, MO., 2008-present, Missouri State Archives - indexing marriage records, NARA-KC- Citizens Archivist, indexing Civil War correspondence.

Pre-PMC Webinar
Monday, 16 July 2018

8:00p.m. EDT

Finding Aliens in the National Archives at Kansas City
Presenter: Rich Venezia

Registration required:

The National Archives at Kansas City holds several distinct and under-utilized records related to late 19th - and 20th -century immigrant aliens: Alien's Personal History and Statement Forms for the Midwest Region, Alien Applications for Permission to Depart from the U.S. from the District of Kansas, WWI-era Enemy Alien Registration Affidavits from Kansas, WWI-era Alien Application Permits from Kansas, and, most importantly, USCIS' retired A-Files. All contain a wealth of genealogical information to the 20th-century immigrant researcher and can aid in everything from discovering a place of origin to finding a photograph of an immigrant ancestor.

About the Presenter: Rich Venezia served on Genealogy Roadshow's research team for two seasons and spoke at TEDx Pittsburgh 2017. He lives in Pittsburgh and specializes in twentieth-century immigration research. He researches frequently at the National Archives and elsewhere in record sets related to twentieth-century immigrants, and lectures nationally on these record sets. He gave a lecture on advanced immigration and naturalization law at SLIG 2018, and taught "Uncovering Immigrant Origins" for VIGR in March 2018. His lecture on USCIS record sets was given seven times in 2017, including at the NGS and OGS conferences.

Pre-PMC Webinar
Monday, 27 August 2018

8:00p.m. EDT

Researching Your Great War Ancestor at the National World War I Museum
Presenter: Dannell Altman-Newell

Registration required:

The draft card is one of the most well-known resources available for researching Great War ancestors. But once you've located your ancestor's draft card (or haven't located it!) where do you look next? Kansas City is home to the National World War I Museum and Memorial, America's official museum dedicated to the Great War. In this session we'll explore resources available in the Museum's Research Center, as well as how the Museum's website and exhibits can assist you in researching your Great War ancestor and provide historical context for your research.

About the Presenter: Dannell "Danni" Altman-Newell is a native Kansas Citian. She began doing family history research at an early age, courtesy of spending summers watching her maternal grandparents indexing at the local Family History Center. Danni is currently employed as a marketing & membership manager at the National Storytelling Network. She serves as a volunteer for the National World War I Museum and Memorial and as education chair for the Heartland Chapter of the Association for Professional Genealogists. She is a graduate of ProGen 28 and enjoys learning and researching Midwest and World War I history.

Pre-PMC Webinar
Tuesday, 17 September 2018

8:00p.m. EDT

Show Me the Resources: Kansas City Libraries and Archives
Presenter: Patricia Walls Stamm, CG, CGL

Registration required:

In "Show Me the Resources," we discuss some of the collections in the greater Kansas City area. The Kansas City Public Library has the Missouri Valley Room. Besides the various biographies, genealogies, diaries, photos, scrapbooks, and newspapers for Missouri and Kansas, they have resources on American Indians, the American Civil War, Mormons, and the Overland Trail. The collection at the Mid Continent Library began as a local one and grew into a large genealogy collection covering the entire United States. Besides having federal land sales in Missouri, they have papers of the St. Louis fur trade and Native American sources. At the Kansas City NARA facility they have various federal records from Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, and South Dakota. Of interest to many are the territorial records. Also in the area is the State Historical Society of Missouri at Kansas City. Their collection is the repository for The Native Sons and Daughters of Greater Kansas City Records. While not in the immediate area, the online resources of the Missouri Archives link into major collections across the state.

About the Presenter: Patricia Walls Stamm, CG, CGL, served as National Genealogical Society Education Manager. She teaches and lectures on various genealogical and technological topics at St. Louis Community College, IGHR, state, and national conferences.

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